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Transforming Recycled Water into Drinking Water

May 5, 2020: Keeping Nature in Balance - Welcome to the Sustainability Garden


The Pure Water Sustainability Garden was designed with nature in mind, first. It shows us how we can reduce the amount of water use in our yards as a conservation initiative, but perhaps most importantly, shows how sustainable landscaping invites nature back into our yards and everyday lives so we can coexist.

So let’s see how the Sustainability Garden is helping to keep nature in balance.

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January 31, 2020 Update: Mural Coming to Life





The mural will be prominently featured in the front of the Demonstration Facility at the main entrance, visible from the outside, and serving as a vibrant, creative, unique and inspiring artwork feature, expressing the importance of water to life on Earth. The mural incorporates the following concepts: 1) water as a finite resource, 2) the importance of conservation and sustainability, 3) the concept of additionally treating purified recycled water into drinking water (a trending process to create an additional water source), 4) the economic significance of water in California and 5) the historic relevance of the JPA to the growth of the local area.



December 2, 2019 Update: Building a Sustainability Garden - Episode 1

Construction of the Sustainbility Garden at the JPA Pure Water Project Las Virgenes - Triunfo Demonstration Facility began at the end of October, check out the progress from the first month. Also, contractors are working on interior modifications to prepare for the installation of the advanced water treatment equipment and visitor's experience components outlined below. 

Visitor's Experience and Messaging

To get a better understanding of the demonstration facility for the Pure Water Project, please use this link to open the PDF Visitor's Experience and Messaging.

Pure Water Visitor Rendering of building

Local Utilities Approve Pilot Purification Plant

The Joint Powers Authority comprised of Las Virgenes Municipal Water District and Triunfo Water & Sanitation District took another step forward in its quest to bring water full circle by approving plans for the Pure Water Demonstration Facility. This pilot plant is the precursor for a $100 million water purification plant that will be completed by 2030 and provide 1.6 billion gallons per year of locally-sourced drinking water. The source water for the pilot and full-scale plants will be from highly treated recycled water currently used for irrigation or discharged into Malibu Creek. The pilot plant, scheduled for completion in late 2019, will evaluate advanced purification technologies including reverse osmosis and ultraviolet disinfection, ensuring that the water meets all drinking-water standards. The facility will be located at the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District Headquarters in Calabasas and will provide the means for designers to test various purification systems, operators to undergo training and the public to view the process in action.

Rendering of the pilot advanced water treatment process for the Pure

Rendering of the pilot advanced water treatment process for the
Pure Water Demonstration Facility to be located at 4232 Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas.

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